Stories for May 17, 2013
Of all the controversies swirling around the Obama White House, the Internal Revenue Service scandal seems likeliest to have the longest shelf life.
Two Metro-North Railroad trains have collided on a stretch of track near Fairfield, Conn., causing a "major derailment" and "preliminary reports of injuries," according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
A return visit to the British Museum in London as Fiona Bruce and the team examine family treasures brought in by thousands of visitors. Amongst the pieces under scrutiny are dozens of historic finds dug up by mudlarkers working on the banks of the Thames, a Roman pot which turns out to be the work of Victorian con men, and a collection of unseen images of a young Elvis comes to light.
If you're a homeless young adult, chances are good that you're gay, bisexual or transgender. And if you live in the Detroit area, the Ruth Ellis Center is trying to reach you. The center, based in Highland Park, Mich., has taken an unorthodox approach to helping homeless LGBT youth -- and it starts on the dance floor, specifically with the dance form known as "vogue."
An unsolved triple murder in the Boston suburbs is getting a closer look in the wake of the marathon bombings. One of the victims may have been a friend of bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev. That's prompting authorities to revisit the 2011 case.
This weekend, President Obama will give a speech that very likely won't be about the controversies of the moment.
President Obama's first term was free from the kind of scandal that consumes every ounce of political oxygen in Washington. Now, in light of a trio of controversies, his supporters find themselves in the uncomfortable and unaccustomed position of having to defend some hard-to-defend events.
The Illinois Senate has approved a measure to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes, sending the bill to the governor for his signature.
You might think that everything would have changed for the chemicals industry on April 16, 1947. That was the day of the Texas City Disaster, the worst industrial accident in U.S. history. A ship loaded with ammonium nitrate -- the same chemical that appears to have caused the disaster last month in West, Texas -- exploded. The ship sparked a chain reaction of blasts at chemical facilities onshore, creating what a newsreel at the time called "a holocaust that baffles description."
Heritage Action, the political activist offshoot of the conservative Heritage Foundation has some advice for House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor: focus on the scandals plaguing the Obama administration and stay away from legislation that could "highlight major schisms" within the House Republican Conference.
Roundtable: Cancer in Jail; Sea Wall Lawsuits; Frogs With Fungus; Mice With Alzheimer's; Undocumented Millions
A woman dying in Las Colinas jail would be released if she were in prison. Homeowners atop the Solana Beach bluffs may sue the city. The decision to import African Clawed Frogs decades ago having dire consequences now. The landscape of undocumented immigrants in California and the nation is complex.
Take a break from the scandal du jour for something that's just darn nice.
In 60 years in show business, Mel Brooks has earned more major awards than any other living entertainer. A comedy giant of our time, scrawny Melvin Kaminsky developed his aggressively funny personality on the mean streets of Brooklyn, to protect against bullies. His first public success came in the early '60s with the "2000 Year Old Man" albums, recorded with Carl Reiner and unleashing Brooks' wacky mind on the world -- his brazen satirical film "The Producers" won the 1968 Oscar for best screenplay and such cult classics as "Blazing Saddles," "Young Frankenstein," "The Twelve Chairs," "High Anxiety," "To Be or Not to Be," "Spaceballs" and "Robin Hood: Men in Tights" followed.
The tragic deaths of 29 coal miners in a massive explosion in 2010 have provided new evidence of a resurgence of the disease known as black lung.
Along with draft rules for how to become a licensed grower or seller of marijuana, the Washington State Liquor Control Board this week released the official "icon logo" that will need to be put on packages of pot and "marijuana-infused products sold at retail."
It wouldn’t be a visit to Seattle without a ride up the Space Needle! ANTIQUES ROADSHOW host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Nicholas Lowry visit the tower to talk about World’s Fair posters. Seattle’s discoveries run the gamut with a circa 1964 “Star Trek” script and pitch letter; a Civil War dog collar; and Harriet Frishmuth bookends valued at $10,000.
There's a lot to love about biking to work: the exercise, the fresh air, the cost savings and the benefits for the environment.
Caleb "Kai" McGillvary, who became an Internet sensation in February with his colorful account of how he bashed a man with a hatchet to stop an attack on a utility worker in California, is now under arrest for the murder of a lawyer in New Jersey.
Steven Miller, who until this week was acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, is due at a House Ways and Means Committee hearing Friday morning at which he'll be questioned about the agency's targeting of conservative groups during the 2012 campaign cycle.
Across the country, cash-strapped state and local governments are not just cutting services -- they're also cutting access to courts. The tip of the iceberg may be small claims courts.
FRAZIER PARK, Calif. (AP) -- Firefighters had to battle terrain as much as flames as they worked to surround a wildfire entering its third day in harsh hills and mountains north of Los Angeles.
President Obama had a reputation when he took office as a liberal former constitutional lawyer who had condemned Bush-era national security policies.
The candidates have spent a record amount of money. They've stumped hard in a city that isn't easy to campaign in -- 470 square miles sliced up into neighborhoods divided by a web of freeways.